Feta-Stuffed BLT Burger

Wanna make everyone smile? Hide something delicious inside their burgers. My burger today: tangy feta on the inside, cooked in bacon fat in a hot skillet, then layer with salty smoky bacon, mayonnaise (my personal fave), lettuce, and tomato. One word: perfection. Word of warning: It’s a bit, shall we say, tall, so prepare yourself with a ton of napkins. Enjoy!

8 slices bacon

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck

4 ounces feta, crumbled (1 cup)

Coarse salt and ground pepper

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted

4 leaves Bibb or Boston lettuce

1 large tomato, sliced crosswise

1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high until fat is rendered and bacon is browned, about 5 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Form beef into 8 thin 5-inch patties. Top 4 patties with 1/4 cup cheese each, leaving a 1/4-inch border, then top with remaining patties. Pinch edges to seal; season burgers with salt and pepper.

2. Pour off fat from skillet, wipe clean, and heat over medium. Add 2 burgers and cook until dark brown and firm to the touch, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Repeat with remaining burgers. Serve burgers on buns with bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

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